Four Eeyores in one frame
Lot 94
Ernest Howard Shepard (British, 1879-1976) "The Tail is Lost,"
Sold for US$ 51,850 inc. premium

Lot Details
Ernest Howard Shepard (British, 1879-1976)
"The Tail is Lost," complete suite of four illustrations for A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, London: Methuen; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1926.
One signed "EHS."
Pen and ink on board.
Largest 7.6 x 7.6cm (3 x 3in).
Five drawings matted and framed together with the original "SP" (Sporting Gallery) label.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sporting Gallery, 1928 (label to verso).

    Lewis Carroll had John Tenniel and A. A. Milne had E. H. Shepard. So indelibly linked are the words and pictures of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh books that it is impossible to think of Milne's characters without visualizing Shepard's images of the famed inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. The books' perennial popularity is due surely as much to their illustrator as to their author. Shepard sold original drawings for the book through The Sporting Gallery, Covent Garden in 1928. In a letter to Methuen's director Peter L. K. Wait in 1952, Shepard noted, "I put my signature to most of the drawings after the book was published and when the drawings came up for exhibition (Sporting Gallery)." The boards were trimmed before framing with no loss to the images. The gallery closed in 1939. Over the years Shepard drew many Winnie-the-Pooh pictures for a variety of reasons, but drawings for the original Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) rarely come on the market. This quintet of sketches defines the epiphany in Chapter Four when gloomy Eeyore realizes that his tail is missing. With only a relatively few deft strokes of the pen Shepard has fully defined the character and movement of the baffled creature.

Saleroom notices

  • Comprises 4 drawings, as illustrated in the catalog.
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